Once upon a time, they taught us to believe. They were the 1980 US Olympic hockey team, a blue-collar bunch led by an unconventional coach, and they engineered perhaps the greatest sports moment of the 20th century. Their "Miracle on Ice" has become a national fairy tale, but the real Cinderella story is even more remarkable. It is a legacy of hope, hard work, and homegrown triumph. It is a chronicle of everyday heroes who just wanted to play hockey happily ever after. It is still unbelievable.
The Boys of Winter is an evocative account of the improbable American adventure in Lake Placid, New York. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews, Wayne Coffey explores the untold stories of the US upstarts, their Soviet opponents, and the forces that brought them together.
"Well-written and thoroughly researched.... Filled with primary interviews and exceptional insight, Coffey's effort should delight more than just hockey fans." (Publishers Weekly)
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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD... THE AMERICANS WIN
This event combined with a phenomenal sophomore NHL season by a guy named Wayne Gretzky helped turn me into a huge hockey fan. I thought I knew this whole story by heart. i was wrong. There was so much I didn't know. I knew the players by number, position, and school, but I never knew the men behind the uniforms. This book gives great insight into them by using a very clever framing device. it will appeal to both the casual fan who may not have been around to experience the "miracle" and to the sports know-it-all.
The storytelling was really well done. It sounds corny, but I actually got chills as the final seconds of the game ticked off.
Heyborne did a pretty good job, but after only a few minutes of listening it became very evident to me that he knows very little about hockey. He paces well and gives the text a lot of flair, but each time he said "blue line" as two separate words I would lose my mind. Hulk would have smashed his iPod.
It makes me smile. It's just a wonderful story about a bunch of college kids who were able to defeat the greatest team in the world.
Good story for a hockey family to listen to on a long trip.
- easyfour "FMO"